Oregon Food Bank has been fighting hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Wash., for more than 30 years. Here are just a few of our recent accomplishments.
Emergency food distribution
Last year, Oregon Food Bank distributed a 49.5 million pounds of food to hunger-relief agencies.
Last year, OFB volunteers at our four branches donated 182,237 hours, the equivalent of 87 full-time employees.
Our work to advocate for public policies and programs that address hunger plays an important role in OFB’s ability to fulfill our mission. On April 16, food bankers from throughout the state visited more than 70 members and staff from the Oregon Legislature at the state capitol for Oregon Hunger Response Day, urging state lawmakers to make food a priority. Their efforts paid off. By the end of the legislative session, the Legislature had made significant investments in food and nutrition programs, helping thousands of our neighbors in need throughout our region.
Nutrition and Garden Education
Oregon Food Bank is expanding education and training programs. We doubled our reach last year with three-fourths of counties in the Oregon Food Bank Network running at least one program. Cooking Matters™ and Seed to Supper teach essential skills to navigate the kitchen and garden. Health care professionals continue to identify poor nutrition as a contributor to diet-related diseases. The Screen and Intervene Program provides them with the tools and training to identify families at risk of being food insecure, resulting in more accurate diagnoses, better treatment and targeted referrals.